Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Anita's Attic: Inspiration at the Movies

Inspiration! Writers need it like drug addicts need drugs. Maybe that's a bad analogy. How about babies need milk or humans need air. We find it in different places, sometimes from reading books, an event in the news, or people watching at the grocery store or the mall. Lately, I'm finding inspiration at the movies. Nothing new, but I'm getting really good inspiration. So much that I'm considering that anytime I'm stuck, just go to the movies.

This weekend I saw two. My sister in law and I used to be movie buddies. We went to a couple of movies each month, but we hardly ever go anymore. Our schedules are different. Her youngest child is 20, mine are still in school and busy with sports. Yesterday, we made up for missed time. We went to see One For the Money. I love the Stephanie Plum series and although my sister in law doesn't like reading, she loves frightening or funny movies. We got there but the movie had sold out. We decided to see Underworld instead.

I loved all the Underworld movies, and I enjoyed this one as well, but it was different than what I had expected. I won't spoil it for you, but I was surprised at some elements in the movie. Still I got more for my money than just a movie. I was inspired. I love it when that happens. I'm sitting there enjoying the show and BAM! inspiration hits. My relic hunter series isn't anything like Underworld, but something about the atmosphere struck a chord. Maybe because the scene I'm working on takes place in a secret tunnel, and the movie had a really cool hidden lair underground. And it had some interesting twists. I love my twists and turns. So anyway, after the movie was over, I really wanted to rush home and write, but One For the Money was coming on in five minutes, and this time it wasn't sold out, so what the heck. We started out frightening and ended the movie fest on funny.

By the way, after the first half hour of One For the Money, I was disappointed, but it got better. I think it's hard for a movie to live up to a book, and in this case, the first one has to set up the characters, and that's usually not as funny as when the characters are established and in their normal element. But it was a great day and I got a lot for my money.


Cassy Pickard said...

Anita, it's fun to hear where and how people get ideas. i'd love to have others log on and share the more unusual moments that inspired them. I've talked before about how people-watching inspires me. I'm a great evesdropper.

Anita Clenney said...

Cassy, I know you're a people watcher. I love watching people too. They're so interesting and so different.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

I loved One for the Money! I wasn't sure I would like the casting, but they grew on me and I really thought they did a good job.

And wow did Katherine Heigle look good for that movie! She seriously got into great shape!

Liz Lipperman said...

I haven't seen either one of those movies, but I did see Descendents and loved it. I agree that inspiration can come in any form and hit you when you least expect it. You know I finally finished my darn book three this weekend. You also know I am an OCD plotter. Well, I was lying in bed thinking about a secondary character that just showed up in the middle of my story and demanded his share of the plot. I have no idea where that inspiration came from but it led to a another backstory that made me cry. Go figure.

You should get lots of inspiration today.

Lindsay said...

Since I'm probably one of the few people in the world that's not a Stephanie Plum fan my choice would easily be the fourth Underworld movie. I think it's the darkness of the series plus they don't rehash the same stuff over and over again like sometimes happens in sequels.